Molecules in Motion

  • Molecules in Motion
NISE Network product

"Molecules in Motion" explores how materials behave and change in a vacuum. Participants can experiment with putting various objects in a small vacuum chamber and then observing the objects as air is removed from the chamber. 



Big Idea

An important part of the process of chemistry is to experiment and try different things over and over.

Chemists study how different materials behave and change, and how materials interact with each other.

Learning Goals

Learners will develop positive attitudes toward learning about chemistry:

  • Learners will increase their feelings of interest in chemistry through observation of phenomena.
  • Learners will increase their understanding of the relevance of chemistry by exploring connections to everyday life.
  • Learners will increase their sense of self-efficacy related to chemistry through hands-on interaction and manipulation of the materials.



Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1612482. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Owning institution

Museum of Science, Boston

Development Process

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